Don’t let Jesse Williams’ sweet face fool you. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star is most certainly about that activist life and proved exactly that whenhe expertly dismantled the overwhelmingly biased reporting surrounding the killing of Ferguson teen Michael Brown. Jezebel reports that during an appearance on CNN, Williams chided the type of journalism that aims to cover up the core issue in Brown’s death—blatant and unchecked racism against blacks in America.

In particular, Williams questioned the media’s decision to focus on the convenience store robbery that took place prior to Brown being killed, even after the press conference held by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas failed to justify why the robbery footage and the name of the officer who killed Brown were released at the same time.

Williams said:

“We also have to talk about the narrative and making sure that we’re starting at the beginning. You’ll find that the people doing the oppressing always want to start the narrative at a convenient part, or always want to start the story in the middle. This started with a kid getting shot and killed and left in the street for four hours. I’ve never seen a white body left in the street for four hours in the sweltering heat. The cop doesn’t call in the shooting, the body isn’t put in an ambulance, it’s shuttled away in some shady unmarked SUV.

This idea that because he stole a handful of cheap cigars, what’s that $5? I’ve lived in white suburbs of this country for a long time, I know plenty of white kids who steal stuff from a convenience store. [There's] this idea that every time a black person does something, they automatically become a thug worthy of death when we don’t own drug crimes. We’re not the only ones who sell and do drugs all the time.We’re not the only ones that steal and talk crazy to cops.

There’s a complete double standard and a complete different experience that a certain element of this country has the privilege of being treated like human beings, and the rest of us are not treated like human beings, period. That needs to be discussed, that’s the story. That’s what gets frustrating for people — because you don’t know five black folks, five black men in particular, that have not been harassed and felt threatened by police officers. You can’t throw a rock and find five of them. We’re not making this up.”

Thank goodness for Williams’ non-PC approach to this matter. It’s refreshing to hear his bold, honest assertion about biased reporting, and hopefully it will steer the attention away from speculation, and more towards the undeniable facts.

33 Comments

  1. Noirluv45

    When I read his comment, I rubbed my eyes. I’m not really familiar with this brother, but I will be following him on Twitter. Like others have said, he’s easy on the eyes, and his intelligence and awareness make him even more appealing. It’s so rare for Blacks in Hollywood to be honest about what’s going on racially. While others are getting ice water dumped on their head, there are a few (J. Cole) and this brother who are out there telling it like it is.

    These are the brothers I support. The rest, I will not.

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    • Chantell Monique

      Yes! The ice water challenge! How convenient that people like Oprah, one of, if not the most powerful black woman in this country is getting ice water dumped on her instead of putting her journalistic skills to good use and shedding light on this issue.

      I’m not saying all rich Black people have to get out there but why not? “With great privilege comes great responsibility.” Jesse is passionate, educated and confident enough to get out there and challenge people to become critical thinkers.

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    • Noirluv45

      Chantell, you better preach! I wasn’t going to say it, but you did. Thank you! Sometimes I wonder what team Oprah bats for (and I’m not talking about her sexual preference).

      I know exactly what you are saying. They have thousands, and in O’s case, millions who will hear what she has to say. These celebrities have a platform, and can use it for social justice, but they choose not to because they either don’t care, want to keep their opinions to themselves, or they are worried about what “others” will say.

      Someone said how we shouldn’t depend on celebrities to fight our battles. I disagree because, as stated above, they can reach so many people and people do listen to them.

      Your words, “With great privilege comes great responsibility” are right on target.

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    • paintgurl40

      I don’t watch GA, but like you I will follow him on Twitter. I’m glad guys like Jesse Williams, J.Cole and Talib Kweli is speaking up about racial injustice and the media’s agenda.

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  2. I love it. Tell it! He is about that activist life and people need to listen.

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  3. pamplemousse00

    I was watching this as it happened on Sunday and I was shocked at the way no one interrupted him for a good two minutes. Usually talking heads are screaming over one another but he just got silence and nods. I looooove him.

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  4. Jesse Williams has definitely found a new fan in me. I agree, not only is he easy on the eyes(his wife is a lucky lady).But more importantly, he is extremely intelligent( former teacher)and he knows all too well, the harassment many people of color endure on a daily basis.

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  5. Michelle

    im from south Africa and I like jesse Williams. I never knew he was black, he looks coloured.

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